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Museum Studies Graduate Minor, College of Design, 240 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, 612-626-1219
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 7
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The museum studies minor offers a structured graduate curriculum for master's and doctoral students interested in museums. It provides students from a variety of disciplines with an introduction to the issues involved in museum practices (e.g., educational, curatorial, administrative, and conservation). The curriculum includes seminars and internships.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
As a minor-only program, all graduate students who have already been accepted into a University of Minnesota Graduate program are eligible for acceptance into the program.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Core Course Requirements
All students pursuing the museum studies minor must take the following core coursework, including 1 internship credit (MST 5020). Internships must be approved by the museum studies director of graduate studies.
MST 5011 - Museum History and Philosophy (3.0 cr)
MST 5012 - Museum Practices (3.0 cr)
MST 5020 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Master's
Complete the 7-credit core curriculum described above.
Doctoral
Doctoral Electives
In addition to the core curriculum, take at least 5 credits from the following courses:
Communication
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· JOUR 5251 - Strategic Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
or Leadership
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ACL 5221 - Creative Entrepreneurship and Resource Development (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 5048 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 8020 - Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice (3.0 cr)
· PA 5101 - Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (3.0 cr)
· PA 5104 - Strategic Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· PA 5123 - Philanthropy in America: History, Practice, and Trends (3.0 cr)
· PA 5253 - Designing Planning and Participation Processes (3.0 cr)
· PA 5251 - Strategic Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
or Education
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5112 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory (3.0 cr)
or Evaluation
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
· PA 5311 - Program Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or Exhibition Design
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 8164 - Innovation Theory and Analysis (3.0 cr)
· GDES 8361 - Color, Design, and Human Perception (3.0 cr)
· KIN 5505 - Human-Centered Design - Principles and Applications (3.0 cr)
or Other Museum Studies Electives
Internships (MST 5020) must be approved by the museum studies director of graduate studies. Directed study (MST 8993) must be guided by a member of the museum studies graduate faculty.
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MST 5020 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
· MST 8993 - Directed Study in Museum Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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MST 5011 - Museum History and Philosophy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical and philosophical roots of museums and emerging philosophical issues faced by museums today - from art, history, science, and youth to living collections, living history sites, and historic houses. Field trips to area museums.
MST 5012 - Museum Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practical aspects of museum work. Standards, practices, responsibilities, issues, all set in greater museum context. Curatorial/educational duties, collections management, security, funding, boards, public relations, installation, budgeting. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
MST 5020 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students arrange to perform a professional-level task in a museum of good standing under close supervision of a member of the museum's professional staff. Instructor must approve a work plan and report. prereq: 5011, 5012, dept consent
JOUR 5251 - Strategic Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02033 - Jour 4251/Jour 5251
Typically offered: Every Spring
Psychological principles, research techniques, applications in advertising/selling. Consumer attitudes/behavior. Psychological mechanisms upon which effectiveness of advertisements/commercials depends.
ACL 5221 - Creative Entrepreneurship and Resource Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
An entrepreneurial approach to developing resources (including financial, human, and partnership) for arts and culture based enterprises whether using a nonprofit, for-profit or social enterprise business model. The course will investigate and discuss the complexities and nuances of how to determine the appropriate business model and develop both earned and philanthropic income. Students focus on framing and articulating the relevance of the enterprise as well as understanding the perspectives of audiences, customers, funders and donors. The course also explores the role of communications strategies in support of fundraising, and the importance of leadership in acquiring resources to sustain and grow successful organizations. Students develop both a broad understanding of resources as well as detailed strategies for supporting work in arts and culture based enterprises.
OLPD 5048 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction to cultural variables of leadership that influence functioning of cross-cultural groups. Lectures, case studies, discussion, problem-solving, simulations. Intensive workshop.
OLPD 8020 - Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Leadership theory. Emphasizes seminal scholars' work from related social science disciplines. Implications of theory for practice of leadership. Knowledge, behaviors, values, and skills needed in educational and other public settings.
PA 5101 - Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories, concepts, and real world examples of managerial challenges. Governance systems, strategic management practices, effect of funding environments, management of multiple constituencies. Types of nonprofits using economic/behavioral approaches. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5104 - Strategic Human Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practice of developing, utilizing, and aligning human resources to improve culture/outcomes of nonprofit/public organizations. HR strategy, individual diversity, leadership, selection, training, compensation, classification, performance appraisal, future HR practices. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5123 - Philanthropy in America: History, Practice, and Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory/practice of philanthropy. Foundation/corporate/ individual giving. History/economic structure/dynamics. Models of philanthropy, components of grant making/seeking. Current debates, career options. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5253 - Designing Planning and Participation Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practice of design, implementation, evaluation of planning/participation processes. Types of planning. Stakeholders, including underrepresented groups. Costs/benefits of participation. Participant roles. Planning/participation tools/techniques. prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 5251 - Strategic Planning and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Theory and practice of strategic planning and management for public and nonprofit organizations and networks. Strategic planning process, management systems; stakeholder analyses. Tools and techniques such as purpose expansions, SWOT analyses, oval mapping, portfolio analyses, and logic models.
PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Human memory encoding/retrieval. How we adaptively use memory. Brain systems that support memory. Episodic/semantic memory. Working/short-term memory. Procedural memory. Repetition priming. Prospective remembering. Autobiographical memory. prereq: 3011 or 3051 or honors or grad student
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
PA 5311 - Program Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Principal methods, primary applications of evaluation research as applied to policies/programs in health/human services, education, or the environment. Conducting evaluations. Becoming a critical consumer of studies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theories/methods that influence the assessment of physical, social, and psychological human factors. Development of user needs with application to designed products that interact with human body. prereq: Grad student or sr or instr consent
DES 8164 - Innovation Theory and Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theories and factors that influence adoption and diffusion of designed products. Methodologies used in analysis of diffusion process.
GDES 8361 - Color, Design, and Human Perception
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Basic color theory course or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Perceptual and psychological aspects of color and design. Human factors of color variables and design strategies that can enhance human experience of, and interaction with, color. prereq: Basic color theory course or instr consent
KIN 5505 - Human-Centered Design - Principles and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HumF/ Kin 3505/5505
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of design to meet human needs. Design of fabricated products, tools/machines, software/hardware interfaces, art/culture, living environments, and complex sociotechnical systems.
MST 5020 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students arrange to perform a professional-level task in a museum of good standing under close supervision of a member of the museum's professional staff. Instructor must approve a work plan and report. prereq: 5011, 5012, dept consent
MST 8993 - Directed Study in Museum Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Study by a student, largely self directed with consultation of a faculty member, on a topic not covered (or not covered in depth) by another course. Program of study is determined jointly by student and advising faculty member. prereq: [5012 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5012], instr consent, dept consent